A post was shared on social media claiming that the Palam subway station in New Delhi is donating 670 refrigerators and stoves that could not be sold due to minor scratches and other damage. In this alleged Facebook post from Palam Metro Station is a collage of images: “We are pleased to announce that we will donate 670 refrigerators and stoves that cannot be sold due to minor scratches and minor damage, all machines are working, so we will randomly send someone who wrote “Done”. before September 24.!!!” Let’s verify the claim in the post.
Claim: A Facebook post from Palam Metro Station announcing the donation of 670 refrigerators and stoves that could not be sold due to minor damage.
Fact: Neither the Palam subway station nor any of the subway stations under the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation announced such a donation of slightly damaged refrigerators and ovens. The same post was shared by many other parody Facebook pages, while it was attributed to various companies such as Target, Walmart, Haier and others. All these posts are shared as part of a survey scam to obtain users’ personal and sensitive data. Therefore the claim in the post is: FALSE.
When we searched to check whether the Palam metro station had announced such a donation of slightly damaged refrigerators and ovens to people, we could not find any credible reports confirming such announcement from the Palam or other metro stations under the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation not published one such tweet announcing the donation of 670 refrigerators and ovens. The alleged post was published from a parody Facebook account of Palam Metro Station.
While searching for more details using keywords, we found that several Facebook fan pages named Target Fans, Walmart Fans, Haier Fans, and Elektra Fans shared the same posts attributing them to the respective companies. But we couldn’t find such announcements on the official social media handles of Target, Walmart and other companies. In addition to asking users to reply “Done” in the comment section, these Facebook posts shared a link asking users to register their name.
Clicking on the link led to a dubious website that asked users to register their name, mobile number and email address. A fan page called “Walmart Fans” published another similar fake message announcing the donation of bicycles.
‘Snopes’ published a fact-checking article regarding these fake donation announcements being attributed to various companies. “Snopes” in his article confirmed that all these free fridge and oven messages are part of a survey scam. A few ecommerce websites such as Amazon and Walmart offer gift cards as prizes for customers who complete online surveys about their shopping experience. But these companies never ask participants to provide sensitive personal information.
In short, New Delhi’s Palam subway station has made no announcement about the donation of slightly damaged refrigerators and ovens.